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Afghan Envoy Zakhilwal Discusses ‘Cross-Border Violations’ with Pak’s Sartaj Aziz

34555554Afghan ambassador to Pakistan, Omar Zakhilwal on Tuesday met with Sartaj Aziz, Advisor to the Prime Minister of Pakistan, discussed recent cross-border issues with the official.

As a result of “unprovoked” firing of Pakistani militias on 5th and 6th May at Chaman and Torkham crossings at least four Afghan security forces and two civilians were killed and over 30 civilians more wounded.

“The Pakistan forces had crossed the Durand Line into Afghan villages in Spin Boldak area for carrying out a survey,”

“This was not only a violation of Afghanistan sovereignty and territorial integrity but also a clear provocation as we had informed Pakistan Security leadership prior to the incident that carrying out a survey in our villages would be challenged, but that we were ready to talk to resolve this,” Zakhilwal said in a Facebook post, following the meeting with Aziz.

According to Afghan officials the shelling by Pakistani militias has displaced thousands of villages along the Durand line and four civilian vehicles were torched.

“It was not in Chaman alone but also in many other spots across the Durand Line including in Angur Ada, Ghulam Khan, Khwaja Kheder mountains and many other spots where Pakistan security forces have crossed the Durand line and has established security posts on our side,” Zakhilwal informed Aziz.

In other part of his speech, the Afghan envoy reminded the Pakistani official of the agreement made at London meeting months ago where the Afghan and Pakistani officials were gathered to find solutions for easing tensions between the two neighboring countries, following the over a month Torkham crossing closure.  

 “Our recent London agreement was precisely the mechanism through which such issues could be addressed and resolved before they lead to any unfortunate incidents or further deterioration of our relations,” he said.

Zakhilwal further added that his country has continuously conveyed its genuine desire for resolving its issues through constructive talks, engagement and with desire for improved neighborly relations.

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